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Higher education members to be balloted on strike action

UNISON’s Higher Education Service Group Executive (HESGE) is to organise a national industrial action ballot after over two thirds of those members who voted in a recent branch consultation, rejected the national pay offer. The ballot, taking place in the autumn, will call on members to vote to take strike action to improve the current pay […]


Have You Moved?

We need to send you a ballot paper soon so that you can vote on the national pay offer from the higher education employers. But before we do, we’d like to check we’ve got the right address for you. If you’ve moved, updating your address online takes only a minute. It’s really important that we […]


Higher Education Pay Campaign 2018/19

The UNISON Higher Education Service Group Executive Committee (HESGE) met on Thursday 24th May to discuss the final national pay offer made by the University and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA). Following a detailed discussion, the HESGE agreed to consult members with a recommendation that they reject the pay offer. This is in line with a decision taken at […]


Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) ballot result

The Higher Education Service Group Executive has agreed to call off a planned ballot for industrial action, following the vote which saw 52% of members accept the proposals from Universities UK in an above average turnout. Over 1300 USS members at universities across the UK were consulted over and narrowly voted to accept employers’ proposals […]


School Uniform Grant Application 2018

We are delighted to forward details of the 2018 School Uniform Grant Programme. Follow the link below  (applicants must complete the application form and are encouraged to complete the survey please) and a Question & Answer leaflet which we hope will provide the answers to any questions members may have. https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/services-support/there-for-you/financial-assistance/ Please note the following […]


An update from USS

Stakeholders withdraw proposed changes to USS benefits On Friday 27 April, the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) agreed to revoke the previous benefit proposals it recommended to the trustee in January. No alternative benefit proposals were tabled by either party due to their commitment to the establishment of a separate Joint Expert Panel (JEP) to review […]


Higher education employers make final offer

Higher education employers have made a new pay offer of a 2% or £425 pay rise, whichever is greater, on all pay points for the 2018/19 pay round. The final offer follows the latest meeting between the higher education unions – UNISON, Unite, the GMB and academic unions UCU and EIS – and the University […]


University pay talks begin

UNISON describes first meeting as ‘constructive’ UK-wide pay talks for higher education got under way yesterday, involving employers and all five unions: UNISON, Unite, GMB and academic unions UCU and EIS. Although no offer has been tabled, UNISON described the discussions as “constructive” and all parties have said they intend to make progress across all […]